Life Of John C. Calhoun; Being A View Of The Principal Events Of His Career And An Account Of His…

Paperback | May 14, 2012

byGustavus M. Pinckney

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 Excerpt: ...with certainty will end in annexation."34 "Dr. Smith" was Charge d'Affaires for Texas at London and Paris at the time spoken of. The narrative of this intrigue seems not unimportant in connection with annexation. Probably very few besides Mr. Calhoun knew at the time of his communication to Mr. Upshur the inside details, and that communication, though nowise official, doubtless, as hinted, gave a fresh impetus to the negotiations. Mr. Calhoun did not arrive in Washington until very late in March. The treaty was signed by himself, plenipotentiary for the United States, and the plenipotentiaries for Texas, April 12th. On April 18th he opened fire on the British Minister at Washington, Mr. Pakenham, discussing the various features of the Texas situation, and adroitly throwing on England the responsibility of annexation. This, of course, was immediately disclaimed, but it is interesting to note the skill with which Mr. Calhoun at once put his opponent on the defensive and turned the points of his position. Eighteen hundred and forty-four is divisible by four, so there was a presidential election pending. The abolitionists were rabid against annexation, and both candidates stood in need of abolitionist votes. The treaty, thus, was not at once ratified. It was not until a year later that Congress passed the act under which annexation was consummated. 84 Correspondence, p. 659. Southern statesmen were all agreed at that time on the vital connection of Texas with the peace and prosperity of the South. At this day it is hard to look at the map and understand how any American, North or South, could ever have doubted for a moment the value of Texas, not to the South alone, but to the whole Union; and how anyone could ever have failed to realize that Tex...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 Excerpt: ...with certainty will end in annexation."34 "Dr. Smith" was Charge d'Affaires for Texas at London and Paris at the time spoken of....

Format:PaperbackDimensions:54 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:May 14, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217964303

ISBN - 13:9780217964302

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